Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Old Sturbridge Village
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.
As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”
The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:
*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.
*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.
*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.
*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.
*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.
When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.